UPDATE: Budget plans imploding; Congress is heading home

Thursday, August 1, 2013 | 2:57 p.m. CDT; updated 8:34 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 1, 2013

WASHINGTON — Leaving piles of unfinished business for the fall, Congress began exiting Washington on Thursday for a five-week vacation with its accomplishments few, its efforts at budgeting in tatters and its collective nerves frayed by months of feuding.